Thanks for stopping by. Bios are weird right? Should I write in the third person? Let’s just avoid all of that.
I love Columbus. Columbus is my home and one hell of a city. I moved here as an undergraduate at The Ohio State University and have been here ever since.
In that time, I’ve worked to get involved in the city’s technology, startup, entrepreneurship, and music scenes. Really, those are two broad circles with a ton of intersection. I want to sit at that intersection and help both sides of the table.
As a founder and small business owner myself, I’ve learned a lot. I’ve learned that I don’t really know anything. But I work at that every day now with Unreal Collective, and then I take those experiences to help my friends and community. Together, we will step on the gas and keep driving Columbus forward.
This mindset drives my involvement with Startup Weekend and now the Create Columbus Commission. I’m excited to work with my peers and city leaders to shape the future of our city.
I think that’s enough. If you want to learn more about any of the areas I mentioned above, read more below or get in touch.
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CrossChx is on a mission to build an identity layer for healthcare so people can connect and share information about their health.
Our proprietary identity resolution system instantly verifies a patient’s identity and links them to their medical benefits to ensure the right person receives the right care. CrossChx prevents medical identity fraud, eliminates duplicate medical records, combats prescription drug abuse, and improves health outcomes.
Tixers is a digital ticket marketplace that allows ticket holders to receive immediate credit for tickets they wish to sell. Tickets can be purchased using that credit, cash, or a combination of the two.
I joined Tixers in April 2014. At that time, the business was just exiting the UpTech Accelerator Class II, and gearing up to raise a seed round.
We closed our seed in July 2014. From there, we formed our first team partnership with Xavier University to complement their Men’s Basketball ticket sales.
In April 2015, Tixers was acquired by OneUp Sports, a mobile-first premium sports network. Clients include the New York Jets, Toronto Maple Leafs, Washington Redskins, and more.
Awards and Recognition:
– Startup Weekend Cincinnati winner
– SXSW V2V Pitch Competition winner
– Kentucky Thoroughbred Award
– 2015 Cincy Magazine Cool Tech Award
Lead: Co-Creator Initiative
Member: Grants Committee
The Create Columbus Commission (CCC) is a board of young professionals, appointed and funded by the Mayor and City Council President to serve as the community’s foremost thought leader on young professional interests, experiences, and priorities.
Through strategic community building efforts and a targeted YP grants program, the CCC strives to make Columbus the next great American city and the nation’s number one place for YPs to live, work, and play.
The CCC believes that the City of Columbus will be better positioned to attract and retain talent if there are YPs at the decision making table co-creating a forward-thinking city with a vibrant, accessible, and integrated urban environment that is a magnet for talent.
I am heading up our co-creator initiative, and you can read about our priorities here.
Know a YP doing awesome things? Put them on our radar.
Startup Weekend are an intense 54-hour, hands-on experiences where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if startup ideas are viable. On average, half of Startup Weekend’s attendees have technical or design backgrounds, the other half have business backgrounds.
Beginning with open mic pitches on Friday, attendees bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. Over Saturday and Sunday teams focus on customer development, validating their ideas, practicing LEAN Startup Methodologies and building a minimal viable product. On Sunday evening teams demo their prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts.
I help make the Columbus event and other events globally happen.
I began my undergraduate career undecided, and quickly gravitated towards journalism. Over the next two years, I would cover the Ohio State football team and write feature stories, ranging from coverage over Bin Laden’s death to calling Terrelle Pryor’s lawyer.
During that time, I was introduced to the Business Builders Club: Ohio State’s entrepreneurship organization. It fit like a glove and I recognized my passion for DOING. Soon after, I launched my first business, MarketOSU. Think of it as a Craigslist for exclusively Ohio State students.
I moved into the Fisher College of Business, eventually leading the BBC as President. We held dozens events, taught hundreds of kids about entrepreneurship, and even hosted a large scale event with Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian.
I graduated Cum Laude, received the Pace Setter (Fisher’s highest award), was named President of the Year, was recognized by TechColumbus as a Student Entrepreneur of the Year, and more.
College was awesome.